Justin Gilbert NFL Draft 2014: Grading Browns' 1st-Round Pick

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Justin Gilbert was drafted eighth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy standout is arguably the best corner prospect in the class, and his potential was too much for the Browns to resist. 

Gilbert established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the college game last season, locking down opposing receivers as part of an otherwise porous Cowboy defense. 

But don't let Oklahoma State's lackluster stats last season fool you; Gilbert has the potential to be one of the best. He has elite athleticism and size, capable of matching up against wideouts of every size and speed. He has great hands and instincts on the ball, as well as the aggressiveness to be a force in the pros. 

Gilbert's not without risk, though. That same aggressiveness can punish him, as he can get too physical in coverage and gamble for interceptions, leaving him exposed against top quarterbacks. He's merely average in run defense, often opting to let others make the play. 

Will Gilbert emerge as a star in the pros, or will his aggression cause his potential to go to waste?

Watch as our draft experts discuss Gilbert's ceiling, and what he brings to the league as a rookie. 


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